The Palace of Culture and Science
A relic of the years of Soviet domination, there are a lot of varying opinions about this building. Some would like to tear it down, but it still has useful facilities. And what would you put in its place (and who would pay for it)?
The Warsaw Uprising Museum
The museum’s opening was in 2004 — timed for the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Rising. While it might be said to have an advantage by only having to present a relatively short span of time — the 66 days of the Rising and a few days preceding it — it does that in a comprehensive, innovative, and thoughtful manner.
Not to be missed is a 3D video that simulates a fly-over of a devastated Warsaw after the German’s pounded much of the city into rubble.
One feature are the desk calendar pages that are on the walls next to exhibits.
There is a page for each day. Each page shows (in Polish only) the date and other information for the day including sunrise, sunset, and the maximum temperature. It also tells what happened in Warsaw that day. As you go through the museum you can take the calendar pages — eventually totaling 71.
In many exhibits, such as the one below, there are taped interviews with those who fought. If the exhibit is about light machine guns, there is a video interview with a man describing the Bren gun he actually used. (All of those interviews are subtitled in English.)
A pleasant surprise is this coffee shop. I had to do a double take to make sure it wasn’t an exhibit. It is themed for the time period of the Rising and there is also a contemporary area outside on a balcony.
On the wall near the coffee shop is this bottle of Cinzano…
A friend once said that you have to be one heck of a city to have a mermaid with a sword and and shield as your symbol.